BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Palm Beach County was just elevated to “high risk” by KINSA, the company that monitors COVID-19 and other illness spread nationwide. The elevation is significant. Palm Beach County spent the past few months in the “low” and “moderate” range of the scale.
KINSA’s HealthWeather system is credited with accurately predicting the spread of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic. KINSA generates its data from connected thermometers — hundreds of thousands of people who use their digital thermometers, then give permission for the data to be sent anonymously to a central system. That system is used by healthcare professionals to determine the spread of illness in a community.
While some illness is predictable and expected, it’s the abnormal spread that generates attention. That abnormal spread is now generating attention in Palm Beach County, where COVID-19 is again creating problems.
As we reported over the weekend, both state and CDC data confirm a significant elevation in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Florida, as vaccination rates continue to drop.
At least 45,600 new COVID-19 cases were logged in Florida last week. The moving seven day death average in Florida is now 32.
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